Black Entertainment Television (BET Live) is an American pay television channel targeting African American audiences. It is owned by the ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks unit of ViacomCBS and has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and was formerly headquartered in Washington, D.C.
As of February 2015, approximately 88,255,000 American households (75.8% of households with television) receive the channel.
BET’s programming began with a wide range of comedy, news and current affairs, public affairs, and music programming, including mainstream rap, hip-hop and R&B music videos (which now air on its branded sister networks) and the network’s former flagship program, 106 & Park (which debuted on September 11, 2000 and ended on December 19, 2014). In addition, BET has previously aired same-day or week-delayed late-night runs of syndicated talk shows.
Original programming currently seen on BET include Boomerang, Games People Play and The Oval. Daily programming on the network consists of acquired television series and both theatrically and direct-to-video-released films. The network’s morning BET Rejoice block (formally BET Inspiration until 2017) is dedicated to Christian programming and airs in lieu of infomercials in late-night, which the network has not aired since 1997; BET is one of a handful of subscription channels and one of only two Viacom-owned networks to have discontinued airing infomercials (sister network Nickelodeon ran infomercials in some overnight timeslots from 1987 to 1998, with series airing in that daypart since then).
BET also carries and produces several Award telecasts, including the network’s own BET Awards, which were established in 2001 to celebrate African Americans and different minorities in music, acting, sports and other parts of entertainment over the past year, and The BET Honors, which were established in 2008 to honor the lives and achievements of African-American luminaries and are presented during Black History Month each February. The BET Awards is the network’s biggest event, with the «BET Experience» festival held in the days leading up to the telecast.